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The Best Home Surveillance Cameras of 2019 • Gear Patrol



This definitive guide to the best smart home cameras of the year 2019. Find out everything you need to know before purchasing a smart home security system, what to look out for, which models are available and which ones with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Compatible and Apple's HomeKit.

Introduction

It's 2019. Intelligent cameras are leading companies like ADT out of business. The Brinks security department went bankrupt a few years ago, and all of this is obvious – home security cameras are what HBO GO is to cable for subscription-based security systems. In addition, you do not have to pay much for something that you only use for one percent. The new generation of intelligent surveillance cameras is perfect for a modern family smart home. These smart cameras make home security both more inviting and powerful. The only question is: Which is the right one for your home?

Key Features to Look Out for

Before you buy your first home security camera, there are a number of things to think about. How will you use the camera? Is it more about home safety or is it more about monitoring a baby or pet? Where will you place it? Would you like it to work with your other smart devices? Are you ready to pay a monthly / yearly subscription fee for premium features like face recognition or extensive storage features? Taking all these things into account can be pretty daunting.

The truth is that most of today's home security cameras are more similar than they are different. Almost all of them have motion sensors, night vision, bi-directional conversations, and a companion app that lets you watch what's happening in front of the camera live at any time. Yes, there are physical differences between cameras, such as For example, the video resolution, the field of view, and the way videos and photos are stored. However, there are other things that may be the same (or even more important).

Compatibility: If you already own smart home devices, such as: For example, a smart speaker or a smart TV, you're likely to want a home surveillance camera that works well with them. For example, if you have an Amazon Fire TV or Echo Spot, you probably want a surveillance camera compatible with Alexa so you can get a live feed from the camera of your TV or Smart Speaker (with a screen) , The same goes for Google Assistant and a TV with built-in Chromecast, or an Apple TV and a security camera that supports HomeKit.

Price: All following cameras are offered at different prices. between $ 20 and over $ 400, and this is obviously an important thing to consider. The surprising thing is that even the cheaper cameras, such as the Wyze Cam v2, will perform many of the same tasks ̵

1; live feed around the clock, bidirectional calls, night vision, motion alerts – and much more expensive camera systems. The reason you spend more on other Nest, Amazon, Honeywell, and Lighthouse cameras is better application experience, smart home compatibility, image quality, and some other advanced features (I'll discuss that below). Ultimately, it depends on how often you check in at the camera – once every few days or once every few hours – and if several people, such as. B. other family members, also check in.

Subscription: Many smart home security cameras, especially the more expensive ones, require you to pay a monthly or annual subscription fee to use the advanced features. Many of these features include face recognition, person notifications, and the ability to share clips and videos with friends. Another important factor in subscriptions is how long the camera should store videos in the cloud. With most free accounts, you can access the last 24 hours of footage. However, if you pay for subscriptions (which typically cost between $ 3 and $ 10 per month), you have access to saved clips worth a week or a month.

Wired or Battery: Like most smart-phone speakers today, just about all smart-home security cameras today require a permanent Wi-Fi connection to work. However, not all smart speakers need to be connected to a wall outlet. There are some models with rechargeable batteries that you can use to move them around the house as you like. The disadvantage of portable surveillance cameras is that they have to keep remembering to change the battery. In addition, they are usually more expensive than wired cameras.

These are some important things to watch out for. Below is an overview of our favorite smart home security cameras, sorted for indoor and outdoor cameras. Remember, just because a camera is expensive does not mean it has to get better immediately. Many of the more expensive options are only worth buying if you know that you use them frequently and that you're willing to pay a recurring subscription fee.

Wyze

Wyze Cam V2

Abstract: The Wyze Camera is the cheapest security solution you can buy. Despite its super-low price and admittedly cheap designs, it offers most of the features of other indoor surveillance cameras. It captures 1080p video, supports bidirectional speech, and automatically records video clips (up to 12 seconds) when it detects movement or hears a loud sound. You can also access a live feed at any time by opening the Wyze app. The trick is that 14 days of cloud storage are available for free and without a subscription.

Compatible with: Compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant

Subscription? No There is no subscription service for the Wyze cameras. That said, it has excellent cloud storage; It can store video clips (up to 12 seconds long) for up to two weeks. If you want continuous video, you can buy a MicroSD card that fits directly into the camera.

Audience: Anyone who builds an intelligent entry-level home for the least amount of money. But do not be fooled by their low prices, the Wyze Cam far exceeds its weight.

The Basics

Field of View: 110 Degrees
Video Resolution: 1080p
Wired or Portable: Wired
Memory: 128 MB, microSD card ( sold separately)
Main features: 8x digital zoom, night vision, 24/7 live video feed, 3-axis design, magnetic base

Wyze Cam Pan

Abstract: The Wyze Cam Pan is essentially an updated version of the Wyze Cam. It has all the same abilities, but it "pans", hence the name. When you open the Wyze app, you can actually control what the camera is looking at. You can tilt it to the left or right, up or down. Unlike the cheaper Wyze Cam, the Wyze Cam Pan offers motion tracking. When motion is detected in a particular area of ​​the field of view, the camera uses the zoom functions to track the subject. A disadvantage is that the pan has no magnetic base or stand.

Compatible with: Works with Alexa and Google Assistant

Audience: Anyone who wants a slightly more advanced version of the Wyze Cam or just want to be able to see the view remotely adjust the camera.

Subscription? No, there is no subscription service for Wyze cameras. That said, it has excellent cloud storage; It can store video clips (up to 12 seconds long) for up to two weeks. If you want continuous video, you can purchase a microSD card that will be inserted directly into the camera.

The Basics

Field of View: 120 Degree (plus Panning)
Video Resolution: 1080p
Wired or Portable: Wired
Memory: 128 MB, microSD card (sold separately)
Main features: 8x Digital Zoom, 24/7 Live Video Feed, Night Vision, Panning

Nest

Nest Cam (Inside and Out)

Short Description: The Nest Cam is available in two different models, one for indoor and one outdoor. Both models are the company's entry-level security cameras. The two cameras have nearly the same capabilities – the same field of view, the same video resolution, night vision, alerts and storage – but there are some differences. The indoor camera has better zoom capabilities (8x vs. 4x optical zoom), while the outdoor camera is weather resistant and has a much longer cable (25 feet vs. 10 feet). Overall, these are the entry-level cameras for security purposes. Compatible with: Works with Alexa and Google Assistant. Who Should Buy: These cameras are optimized for anyone who builds a smart home around the Google ecosystem. They are reliable entry-level security cameras without the fancy features of Nest's high-end IQ series (which most people honestly do not need). While these Nest Cam cameras are compatible with Alexa, it's important to note that Google security cameras are more likely to work smoother in Google's smart home ecosystem because Google owns Nest.

Subscription? Nest Aware is Nest's cloud storage service. Even if you do not need to purchase a subscription, you probably want to. Without a subscription, you only have access to the last three hours of data recorded by the camera. Depending on the Nest Aware subscription you have purchased, you can take pictures for five to 30 days.

The Basics

Field of View: 130 degrees
Video Resolution: 1080p
Wired or Portable: Wired
Memory: 3 hours of free cloud storage; With the Nest Aware subscription, you can leverage cloud storage for up to 30 days.
Main Features: Night Vision, Bidirectional Calls, Motion Alarms, 24/7 Live Video Feed

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Nest Cam IQ (indoors and out)

Short Description: These are the updated versions of the Nest Cam Indoor and Outdoor. The biggest difference is that the two IQ cameras have a 4K image sensor that enables the Supersight feature, which allows the cameras to recognize known and unknown faces, zoom in and out of the subjects while they are in the camera are located frame. The IQ cameras also send you real-time alerts when motion is detected (if you enable them). The catch is that you need a Nest Aware subscription to enjoy these premium features.

Compatible with: Works with Alexa and Google Assistant [194559006] Who Should Buy: Granted, the Nest Cam IQ is really meant only for people who take advantage of these cameras and themselves watch the recordings. If you just casually check what's going on at home, the regular Nest camera is probably a safer choice. While these cameras are compatible with both Alexa and Google Assistant, it's safer to purchase Nest cameras when thinking about building a Google Smart Home ecosystem.

Subscription? You must be a Nest Aware subscriber to take advantage of the premium features available at $ 5 per month for five days of cloud storage.

The Basics

Field of View: 130 Degrees
Video Resolution: 1080p
Wired or Portable: Wired
Storage: Up to 30 days with Nest Aware Subscription
Main features: 12x digital zoom supersight, face recognition, night vision, bi-directional conversations, motion alarms, 24-hour live video feed

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Amazon (and Ring)

Amazon Cloud Cam

Abstract: The Cloud Cam is the first and only intelligent surveillance camera from Amazon. It's a camera that only works with Alexa. It is therefore optimized for homes that already use Alexa as a language assistant, as well as an Amazon Fire TV, Fire Tablet, echo show or echo spot camera (with any of these devices you can ask) Alexa to give you a live feed of to show a specific cloud camera). The catch is that Amazon has released the Cloud Cam before the acquisition of Ring. So it seems that in the future, Amazon is likely to upgrade its ring's smart cameras instead of its own.

Compatible with: Works with Alexa [19659006] Who Should Buy: Who wants a smart entry-level camera that integrates seamlessly with an Alexa smart home?

Subscription? Unpaid for Amazon Cloud Storage You only have 24 hours of free access to the records. With a subscription, though, you can check a few extra things besides a longer window on your recordings. The cloud camera can also recognize specific people. You can set "zones" or specific areas in the camera's field of view to search for movement. Clips can be downloaded and shared.

The Basics

Field of View: 120 Degree
Video Resolution: 1080p
Wired or Portable: Wired [19659020] Memory: 24 hours of free shots, more with Subscription
Main features: Night Vision, Motion Alarms, 24/7 Live Video Feed

Ring Indoor Cam

Short Description: The indoor camera is a smaller and cheaper version of the ring slip-on camera (see below) and has the same capabilities as any other entry-level security camera on the market. The difference is that if you already own Ring's video doorbell or the security system, one of Ring's cameras will work seamlessly with the existing ecosystem. They also work well with the Alexa Smart ecosystem.

Compatible with: Works with Alexa

Who Should Buy: Anyone who builds a smart home around Amazon Alexa, and individuals who already own a ring smart home Device.

Subscription? Yes. Ring's cloud storage subscription, Protect Plus, costs $ 3 a month and ring camera, or $ 10 a month for unlimited ring cameras, and allows you to access recorded video for up to 60 days. Without a subscription, you can only check the live feed with the indoor cam – there is no free cloud storage.

The Basics

Field of View: 140 Degree
Video Resolution: 1080p [19659020] Wired or Portable: Wired
Memory: No free cloud storage [19659020] Key Features: 24/7 live video feed, night vision, motion alert (with subscription)

Ring Stick-Up Camera

Short Description: The Stick Up Cam is available in three different models – wired, battery powered or solar powered – and it is also essentially a larger (and slightly better) version from ring's indoor camera. All three models record 1080p video and provide bi-directional speech and night vision. The battery-powered models come with a rechargeable battery. Because they are portable, you can stick them anywhere in your home using Wi-Fi (or use included wall brackets). A big difference to the indoor camera is that the stick-up camera was designed for indoor and outdoor use, which makes it more expensive.

Compatible with: Works with Alexa

Audience: If you're just looking for an entry-level indoor security camera, the indoor ring camera is probably more useful. But if you're looking for a more versatile camera that you can set up virtually anywhere (as long as it's connected to Wi-Fi), the Stick Up Cam is for you. It works best in an Alexa Smart Home.

Subscription? Yes. Ring's cloud storage subscription, Protect Plus, costs $ 3 a month and ring camera, or $ 10 a month for unlimited ring cameras, and allows you to access recorded video for up to 60 days. Without a subscription, you can only check the live feed with the indoor cam – there is no free cloud storage.

The Basics

Field of View: 130 Degrees
Video Resolution: 1080p [19659020] Wired or Portable: Wired, Battery Operated, or Solar Powered
Memory: no free cloud Memory
Main features: 24/7 live video feed, night vision, motion alarms (with subscription), wall mounting possible

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Arlo

Arlo Ultra

Abstract: Arlo's surveillance cameras are unique for two main reasons. First, they are battery powered, which means you can place them anywhere in your home. And secondly, you need a SmartHub for every camera system from Arlo, with which you can control all cameras via the Arlo app. This separate hub allows you to store video files locally, unlike the cloud. Ultra is the high-end surveillance camera from Arlo. They record the best video quality, 4K with HDR, with the widest field of view.

Compatible with: Works with Alexa and Google Assistant

Who Should Buy: Who wants to have the best complete wireless security system that works with Alexa and Google Assistant, and they are not afraid to invest in a multi-camera system. (You can purchase additional additional cameras later at any time.)

Subscription? When you purchase Arlo's Ultra-Smart Security System, you also receive a one-year free subscription to Arlo Smart, the company's cloud storage service, which is more than the Pro 3 (3-month trial). In addition to more cloud storage, subscribers can create custom activity zones within each camera's field of view and see the difference between objects such as people, pets, cars, and trees. It's worth noting that you'll have seven days of free rolling cloud storage without an Arlo Smart subscription. You can also store 4K videos locally on a microSD card.

The Basics

Field of View: 180 Degrees
Video Resolution: 4K with HDR
Wired or Portable: Battery Powered
Memory: 7 Days Cloud Storage free; up to 30 days with subscription; Caching via microSD
Main features: 12x zoom, motion tracking, noise reduction (for wind and rain), night vision, motion tracking

Arlo Pro 3

Abstract: The Arlo Pro 3 is the company's latest wireless security camera system and offers many of the capabilities of Arlo's high-end Ultra product line, but at a much higher cost accessible price point. There are, of course, trade-offs with the Pro 3. It shoots 2K videos instead of 4K videos and does not display the same field of view. And you'll just get a three-month free trial of Arlo Smart, the company's cloud storage service, instead of a full year.

Compatible with: Works with Alexa and Google Assistant

Who Should Buy: If you think of an Arlo system, the reality is that a Pro 3 system makes more sense for most people. It is significantly cheaper and the video quality is still very good, even if it is not at the same 4K level.

Subscription? Yes. When you purchase Arlo's Pro smart security system, you also receive a free 3-month trial of Arlo Smart, which is more than the 3-month trial of Pro 3. In addition to more cloud storage, subscribers can create custom activity zones within each camera's field of view and see the difference between objects such as people, pets, cars, and trees. Without a subscription, you still get seven days of free rolling cloud storage. You can also save 2K videos locally to a microSD card.

The Basics

Field of View: 160 Degree
Video Resolution: 2K with HDR
Wired or Portable: Battery Powered
Memory: 7 Days Cloud Storage free; up to 30 days with subscription; Internal memory via microSD
Key features: 12x zoom, motion tracking, noise cancellation (for wind and rain), night vision, motion tracking

eufy

eufyCam

Abstract: eufy is Anker's smart home division, and eufyCam is a system of battery-powered smart cameras similar to what Arlo offers. The eufyCam system needs a smart home hub called HomeBase. The two main features of the eufyCam system are battery life – each camera can hold 360 days between charges – and the fact that you do not have to pay extra for premium features like facial recognition and object detection. As far as the video memory is concerned, videos can be stored via a microSD card in the cloud or locally. This is an excellent option for people with privacy concerns. Each camera has an IP67 protection class and can therefore be used indoors or outdoors.

It's worth noting that Eufy also manufactures the EufyCam E, which is a slightly less waterproof version of the EufyCam. She also looks a little different but has essentially the same skills.

Compatible with: works with Alexa

Who should buy: Who would like a

subscription? There are two Eufy Security cloud plans to choose from, in case you want additional storage. There is the baseline plan, which pays you $ 3 per month (or $ 30 per year) per camera and gives you 30 days of rolling video storage. The Premier Plan costs $ 10 a month and covers up to ten cameras. A 16GB microSD card comes with the HomeBase Hub.

The Basics

Field of View: 140 Degrees
Video Resolution: 1080p
Wired or Portable: Battery Operated
Memory: Cloud and Local
Key Features : Movement alarms, face detection, night vision, IP67

Logitech

Logitech Circle 2

Abstract: Logitech's Circle 2 is a weatherproof surveillance camera (IP65) that can be placed indoors and outdoors. The base can be used as a traditional stand or replaced with a wall / window bracket. The Circle 2 is truly remarkable as it is one of the only smart security cameras compatible with Apple's HomeKit (it also supports Alexa and Google Assistant). It should be noted that Logitech manufactures the Circle 2 in wired and wireless models, but HomeKit only works with the wired model. The Circle 2 was released in June 2018 and is often available in stores.

Compatible with: Compatible with Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

For a complete list of HomeKit compatible smart cameras, see .

Who Should Buy: Who is looking for the cheapest security camera that works with Apple HomeKit.

Subscription? Yes. Logitech's subscription service, Circle Safe, gives you the ability to pay for cloud storage for video recordings as low as 14 or 31 days. If you do not pay for a subscription, you can only access video in the last 24 hours.

The Basics

Field of View: 180 Degree
Video Resolution: 1080p
Wired or Portable: Wired (and Battery)
Storage: Cloud [19659020] Key Features: 24/7 live video feed, IP65 protection, night vision, two-way audio and motion detection

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Netatmo

Netatmo Indoor Camera

Abstract: Netatmo is a French manufacturer of a system of smart home cameras, sensors and alarms that all work together (similar to the ring system of devices). The indoor camera offers a range of functions, including personal recognition and face recognition. It alerts you and starts recording video when an alarm sounds. It is also one of the rare camera systems that work with HomeKit. An important feature is that there is no subscription service that forces you to pay a monthly allowance. (Netatmo also manufactures Smart Outdoor Camera, which requires a bit more installation.)

Compatible with: Compatible with Google Assistant and Apple HomeKit

For a complete list of smart cameras using HomeKit, see Click here .

Who Should Buy: Someone who is willing to pay a little more in advance for a more expensive HomeKit-enabled camera and does not want to worry about a monthly subscription game. [19659006] subscription? No. Your video recordings are stored locally on a microSD card. If you need additional video storage, you can save videos directly to your Dropbox account or send them to a personal FTP server.

The Bases

Field of View: 130 degrees
Video resolution: 1080p
Wired or portable: Wired
Memory: microSD
Main features: 8x digital zoom, 24/7 live video feed, facial recognition, motion alerts, night vision

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